For me, thrift store hunting often results in finding interesting beads. They’re everywhere. In this post, I’m going to show you how to make a basic necklace using chain and a single bead. This is a great project because you can make any bead into a charm and swap them out to match your outfit or mood. This is a very basic, beginner necklace so it might be too easy if you have jewelry making experience. Now for the fun part:
- Interesting bead
- 3 jump rings
- 1 head pin
- Chain, approx. 16″ long
- Lobster claw or other style clasp
- Wire cutters, round nose and bent nose pliers
Making the charm
- Put the head pin through the bead. Leaving a little space above the bead, use the bent nose pliers to bend the head pin to a 90 degree angle.
- With the round nose pliers, pinch the head pin at the bend and loop the pin around it.
- Use the bent nose pliers to wrap the end around the space between the bead and the loop. Clip extra wire with your wire cutters.
This is called a wrapped loop. Alternatively, you could make the charm using a simple loop but I like the look of wrapped loops for this necklace.
- Attach a jump ring on one end of your chain, and a jump ring and lobster clasp on the other.
- Connect the charm to the chain using a jump ring.
- Voila, you’re finished!